2020 Summer Fellowship Program

About
Highlights
Host sites, on-site mentors and EDI fellows
Testimonials
Published data packages
Featured data packages

About

We successfully completed our third EDI Summer Fellowship Program (9 June – 14 August 2020). Due to the COVID-19 health situation, we moved the entire program online, including the ecological data publishing training for the fellows. We supported ten fellows who conducted data management and publishing work for host sites located in different parts of the country. For a list of host sites, on-site mentors and fellows, see here. Thanks to the fellows’ and mentors’ effort to regularly meet online, the fellowship was successful in terms of learning about data management and working with scientific teams of the host sites. Each fellow made a significant contribution to publishing the host site’s data, for long-term data preservation, making the data discoverable (in the EDI repository, DataONE and by internet searches).

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Highlights

  • Virtual Ecological Data Publishing Training ( 9 – 11 June 2020): The workshop gave the opportunity for our team to meet the fellows and the fellows could connect with each other, remotely
  • Throughout the fellowship program, the fellows and the EDI-Team were able to connect via Slack and Zoom in near real-time when questions arose.
  • We met with host site mentors to talk about fellowship goals and how to best support the fellows. Upon request we hosted a webinar for the mentors that gave an overview of  “Data publishing in the EDI data repository” (July 2020).
  • Ashley Whipple’s (fellow with the Pepperwood Preserve) blog entry on “My data’s data: a metadata story”.
  • Some of the mentors will participate in our data publishing workshop at the 2020 OBFS Annual Meeting to ensure a longer-term data publishing strategy is in place for their sites.

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Host sites, on-site mentors and EDI fellows

      1. California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Location: Stockton, CA
        Mentor: Dr. Jereme Gaeta (jereme.gaeta@wildlife.ca.gov), Fellow: Madeleine Frick
        “Archiving historical datasets from the San Francisco Bay Estuary (SFE), including (1) a periodic Delta-wide (freshwater and brackish area of the SFE) shoreline electrofishing survey and (2) a fish survey of Suisun Marsh, an area critical to the ecology of endangered Delta Smelt.”
      2. Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership. Location: Rockland, ME
        Mentor: Phoebe Jekielek (phoebe@hurricaneisland.net), Fellow: Dennise Valadez
        Planning for the future: Organizing data and developing data management, data use, and data sharing plans for the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership.”
      3. LTER soil organic matter synthesis working group. Location: Tempe, AZ
        Mentors: Dr. Stevan Earl (stevan.earl@asu.edu) & Dr. Will Wieder (wwieder@ucar.edu), Fellow: Nathan Haywood
        “Publishing data from numerous cross-site, coordinated research activities that are contributing to a synthetic analysis of factors controlling the persistence and vulnerability of soil organic matter.”
      4. Marine Science Institute, University of California SB. Location: Santa Barbara, CA.
        Mentor: Margaret O’Brien (margaret.obrien@ucsb.edu), Fellow: Judith Sclafani
        “Harmonizing meteorological data in the EDI repository.”
      5. Natural Resource Ecology Lab. Colorado State University. Location: Fort Collins, CO
        Mentor: Chris Dorich (chris.dorich@colostate.edu), Fellow: Sydney Lewis
        “Archiving and publishing of a Global N2O Database, along with workflow documents and data products.”
      6. Organization for Tropical Studies. Location: La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica.
        Mentor: Enrique Castro (lead mentor), Eugenio Gonzalez, Orlando Vargas, Deedra McClearn (deedramcclearn@gmail.com), Fellows: Melissa Salva and Eric Johnson
        “Rescuing Legacy Data on Native Tree Growth in Costa Rica.”
      7. Pepperwood Preserve. Location: Santa Rosa, CA
        Mentor: Dr. Tosha Comendant (tcomendant@pepperwoodpreserve.org)
        “Long-term monitoring of climate, hydrology, vegetation, and wildlife in inner Coast Ranges of California.”  Fellow: Ashley Whipple
      8. Stroud Water Research Center. Location: Avondale, PA
        Mentor: Dr. Charles Dow (cdow@stroudcenter.org), Fellow: Kyle Zollo-Kenecek
        “Compiling, cleaning, and publishing, stream water quality and quantity time series data collected via low-cost sensors built on an open-source electronics platform at the White Clay Creek stream/watershed. An example of the types of data involved can be viewed here for a site near the research facility.”
      9. University of California Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL). Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
        Mentor: Dr. Thomas C. Smith (tcsmith@ucsb.edu), Fellow: Claire Pavelka
        “The Sierra Lakes Inventory Project: non-native fish and community composition of >8,000 lakes and ponds in the Sierra Nevada, California.”
      10. University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS). University of Michigan. Location: Pellston, MI
        Mentor: Jason Tallant (jtallant@umich.edu), Fellow: Alex Pawlik
        “Organize data collected from various federally funded projects at UMBS for publication and work with web based metadata management tools and associated database(s).”

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Testimonials

“The task of making environmental data publicly available and reusable is often overlooked. The training that I received during my EDI summer fellowship opened my eyes to the world of data management. Great care and thought are required for good data archiving and EDI provided great resources and training for doing so. The staff at EDI were highly knowledgeable and always willing to help answer my questions. I felt very supported by both my host site and EDI. The fellowship offered a rare combination of training and hands-on experience to learn, practice, and grow my data management skills and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”

– Ashley Whipple | Fellow at Pepperwood Preserve – (see also Ashley’s blog entry on “My data’s data: a metadata story”)

“I am extremely grateful to have been a part of EDI’s 2020 summer fellowship at the University of California Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL). My goal this summer was to clean, organize, and publish the Sierra Lakes Inventory Project, a long-term dataset of community composition for approximately 8,000 lakes in the Sierras. This experience improved my skills in data management and R, as I had to work with ‘real-life’ ecological data. The fellowship also provided an opportunity for me to make an impact on the future of conservation and restoration in the Sierra’s and opened my eyes to the world of data science. I would highly recommend this fellowship to anyone interested in data management and ecology!”

– Claire Pavelka | Fellow at Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory –

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Published data packages

Breitmeyer B. W., M. K. Gooden, M. J. Appleby, R. Ash, J. Rahn. 2019. Continuous Forest Inventory (CFI), 1970-2017, Long-term Forest Property Monitoring by State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, New York, USA. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/5f2eb71d634b9ca1ec3c37effa557d33. Dataset accessed 9/09/2019.

O’Gorman, C.J., L.P. Bentley, K.M. Everly, and A.L. Whipple. 2020. Specimen Quercus kelloggii survey at Pepperwood Preserve summer 2019 ver 1. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/6ae5b7174cafbdc95a5b0478081fa11e.
Oviedo-Vargas, D. 2020. High-frequency sensor data collected by Stroud Water Research Center in a meadow reach of White Clay Creek from Janurary 2017 through December 2017 ver 1. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/b93d82fc592edd9add9a34d2adf5437a .
Oviedo-Vargas, D. 2020. High-frequency sensor data collected by Stroud Water Research Center in a meadow reach of White Clay Creek from February 2016 through December 2016 ver 1. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/b1a8c851a2340d3395bee11b361e59f9.
Bartosh, H., B. Peterson, M.M. Halbur, T.L. Comendant, A.L. Whipple, and E. Micheli. 2020. Post-Tubbs Fire Chaparral Floristic Survey at Pepperwood Preserve in the California Coast Ranges 2018-2019 ver 1. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/958a452d488a54100965e99ecda28fd8.
Slater, S.B., C.E. Burdi, J.W. Gaeta, and M.A. Frick. 2020. Delta Smelt Formalin Fixation and Preservation Effects on Fish Weight and Length ver 1. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/d4c7a43ba17b2ed1885d42cf0380c1dd.
Jekielek, P.E. and M. Maier. 2020. Spat bag deployment location and spat abundance, size class distribution, and associated fauna for a closed area in coastal Maine, USA, from 2013 to 2018. ver 1. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/777b2914bdf6a76510029c0f54e4b58e.
Halbur, M.M., T.L. Comendant, N. Barden, A.L. Whipple, and E. Micheli. 2020. Annual Point Count Breeding Bird Survey at Pepperwood Preserve in the California Coast Ranges 2007-2019 ver 1. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/65b2df11b736c5b51d5fad90dc4a08e9.
R. Vande Kopple. 2020. University of Michigan Biological Station Weather Observations 1980 to Present ver 4. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/ef591b27f6336849868626e48ef588ee.
Nadelhoffer, K., C. Gough, and L. Nave. 2020. Forest tree, woody debris, and soil inventory data from long-term research plots for LTREB at the University of Michigan Biological Station ver 4. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/e43651bde3564e402cd0595e3ef26994.

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Halbur, M.M., T.L. Comendant, N. Barden, A.L. Whipple, and E. Micheli. 2020. Annual Point Count Breeding Bird Survey at Pepperwood Preserve in the California Coast Ranges 2007-2019 ver 1. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/65b2df11b736c5b51d5fad90dc4a08e9.

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